Trump Signs 'America-First' Healthcare Order

Headline Roundup September 24th, 2020

President Donald Trump on Thursday rolled out his "America-First" healthcare plan. Trump's executive action includes a repeal of former President Barack Obama's original mandate, protections for patients with pre-existing conditions, improvement in care for veterans, and a lowered cost of prescription drugs. Trump previously said a healthcare plan would be released before the end of August. Others including Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and more Democratic lawmakers have criticized the plan, saying it is "largely symbolic" and doesn't put forth any real action.

Coverage from left-rated outlets tended to frame the order as "symbolic," and highlighted the fact that Trump's plan afforded protections for pre-existing conditions as his administration simultaneously attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Coverage from right-rated outlets tended to focus on the details of Trump's plan, often framing it as an "America-first" plan.

Trump Signs 'America-First' Healthcare Order

From the Center
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President Trump outlined his ambitions for health care policy in a North Carolina speech Thursday, promising "the highest standard of care anywhere in the world," before signing an executive order guaranteeing protections for pre-existing conditions and then pledging to ban surprise medical bills.

Reality check: The only reason that pre-existing conditions protections are at risk is because a Trump-backed lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act is pending before the Supreme Court. Trump's executive order offers few details, and executive orders in and of themselves don't change policy. The order "simply...

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ANALYSIS

President Donald Trump will declare Thursday that it is “the policy of the United States” to protect people with preexisting conditions, while also suing to toss out current preexisting condition protections.

Trump plans to sign an executive order in North Carolina laying out the policy, according to White House officials. But even they concede it will have no legal effect.

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From the Right
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President Trump signed a series of executive orders aimed at reforming the healthcare system; the measures include expanding choice, lowering prescription drug prices, protecting coverage for preexisting conditions and ending “surprise billing.” The president rolled out his “America First Healthcare Plan” as the administration hopes that the Supreme Court will rule the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a hallmark of the previous administration, unconstitutional.

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